Uganda presidential elections set for January 14, 2021

Karamojong tribeswoman casts her ballot at a polling station during the presidential elections in Kaabong in Karamoja region, Uganda, Feb. 18. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

Kampala, Uganda | URN | The Electoral Commission [EC] has set January 14, 2021, as the election day for the President. The same date was earlier announced as the polling date for Members of Parliament [MP] and Local Councillors [LC].

In a brief statement released on Wednesday 4, November 2020, EC Chairman Justice Simon Byabakama said the election campaign would run from November 9 to January 12.

“The Electoral Commission [EC] has further appointed 14th January as polling date for presidential elections 2021,” EC chairperson said.

The date was declared just a day after the conclusion of nominations for presidential candidates, a race which attracted 11 candidates. These include the Incumbent Yoweri Museveni – who will be seeking a sixth term in office, Musician Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, Gregg Mugisha Muntu, Patrick Amuriat Oboi, Former Security Minister Henry Tumukunde, Nobert Mao, Joseph Kabuleta, Nancy Kalembe, and John Katumba, among others.

Read Also: Most candidates in Uganda’s 2021 general elections are just “merchants after money” – Activists

Byabakama also urged all nominated candidates as well as their agents, supporters and the general public, to carefully observe the coronavirus containment rules and other guidelines during the campaign period.

Key among other guidelines, campaigns shall be conducted between 7am and 6pm, candidates and their agents shall not use or publish any language or defamatory words, which incite public disorder, hatred, violence or which threatens war.